| ‘Those Were The Days’ ~
"When I met Billy I
was not really a fan of the pedal steel guitar.
(Don’t let that get out!) He immediately set out to
change that, and as you may have guessed by now, he
has succeeded. I have come to truly appreciate the
amazing capabilities and beauty of this unique
instrument as much as Billy.
His love for the pedal steel and it’s inimitable
sound has inspired him to continually strive to
master it. I feel that this album is an outstanding
result of that endeavor.
Of the five albums Billy has recorded, this may be
my favorite. Not only are there what would be
considered traditional steel guitar tunes but this
recording also blends the sixties and seventies
style of steel guitar with blues, pop and even
classical tunes. I think you will agree that the
results are outstanding.
My personal favorite is a really haunting version of
‘Ghostriders In The Sky’. Or maybe it is Billy’s
rendition of the beautiful ‘Greensleeves’. Or
perhaps the two semi-classical pieces, ‘Nature Boy’
and ‘Carla’. Although those old time country tunes,
‘A Way To Survive’, ‘The Same Two Lips’, ‘Lily
Dale’, ‘Mansion On The Hill’ and ‘I Really Don’t
Want To Know’ surely do showcase the pedal steel in
such a traditional yet fresh new way. Wonderful! And
the last song, ‘Those Were The Days’. What a
surprising, upbeat and completely original
arrangement of a very familiar tune. It could easily
be my favorite.
As you can see, I am having trouble picking a
favorite from this album. I think you will have the
same problem when you listen to it. In conclusion,
thanks Billy, for letting me brag about my favorite
title to begin play. Stop any other songs
currently playing before you continue.